Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (305 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, but be warned: while we may look like a sleepy little town, we are anything but. Or, at least, that’s what the town’s city limits sign should read, if you ask me. Newcomer Manfred Bernardo, who has more than a few secrets of his own, rather feels the same way. From the moment he enters Midnight, everything changes for him. Will he find a way to fit in or will he pull up roots and move on?

Although I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Harris’ Southern Vampire series, I’d never taken the time to read her Lily Bard books or even the Harper Connelly books, which is a shame because she has taken characters from her other series and brought them to reside in Midnight. Manfred being one of them. In a way, I’m glad I didn’t know anything about him – or Bobo for that matter – because it gave me a bit of a fresh perspective. I love it when authors weave characters from other series into new series, it gives the long-time readers something to smile about and the new ones something to discover for the first time.

As always, Midnight Crossroad is jam packed with eccentric and unusual characters. My favorites are Fiji, her cat, Mr. Snuggly, and Manfred. I adore Fiji because she’s a witch of great power but has no clue. Watching her discover what she really is capable of is fun and exciting. Mr. Snuggly, on the other hand, is the epitome of every cat I’ve ever owned. He’s arrogant, he’s rude, and he’s always hungry. But, he’s also Fiji’s familiar and best pal, so we’ll cut him a little slack. Manfred is an interesting character, one I hope we get to know more about. Working as a psychic under several different names, he makes his living without having to leave his house. His struggle to find his place in a town as odd as Midnight isn’t as difficult as he thought it might be.

If you’re looking for a light and fun read with a bit of paranormal mystery thrown in, you’re looking in the right place. Midnight Crossroad has a little bit of everything – murder, mayhem, vampires, psychics, witches and who knows what else. Wrapped up neatly with a healthy dose of Ms. Harris’ southern charm and sharp wit, it’s a package worth opening and devouring immediately.

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